Kid Lit: Scaring Up Stories for Halloween

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-happy-halloween-image26517292Halloween is just around the spooky corner, are you ready?

Our house is decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows and skeletons.  This past weekend I picked up an industrial size bag of candy from our local warehouse club for all the trick-o-treaters that’ll be stopping by.

My kidlets are ready too, they’ve been planning their costumes since summer!

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Snacking On The Go with Jif To Go® Dippers & Giveaway #MC

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Influence Central for Jif To Go Dippers.
I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. #MC #GetGoing

 

Is your family lTHM-Jif-To-Go-Dippers-Review-Peanut-Butter-Chocolate-Stackike mine? It seems like we’re always on the go.

Weekdays are focused on work, school, meetings and getting the kidlets to and from all their extra-circular activities on time! Weekends are all about getting our errands done quickly so we can have some fun family time together, such as going pumpkin picking, seeing a movie or visiting the zoo.

Whenever we’re out and about I like to make sure that I have snacks on hand for the kidlets for when they get a case of the munchies. I like to give them something that will actually satisfy their hunger and not just give them a temporary sugar high.

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Autumn Is In the Air With #FebrezeFall

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of SheSpeaks and Febreze.
All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

Fall isn’t officially here for another week, but I’ve already started decorating our home for the autumn season. I put up a harvest wreath on the door, dotted the house with decorative pumpkins and even draped our fireplace mantle with a leaf garland. This weekend I’ll make a run to a local farm and get some mums, a hay bale and scarecrows to stick in the yard.

I was going to add some fall scented candles when this little gem arrived!

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Nothing sets a mood or tone faster for me like scents and fall has so many delicious ones — pumpkin, vanilla, fruits and toasted nuts. Febreze has literally bottled (canned???) those scents to create their Home Harvest Collection.

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Kid Lit: Animal Adventures

It doesn’t matter what type – dog, cat, fish, hermit crab (a recent addition to our home) , giraffe, elephant or dinosaur – my kidlets love to read stories about animals.  This month’s Kit Lit review features two stories about animals that take place in very different settings — one living in the urban jungle of the city and the other out in the country on a farm.

THM-KidLit-LittleElliot-BigCity-BookJacketLittle Elliot, Big City By Mike Curato (Macmillan)

Little Elliot is an adorable little polka-dotted elephant living in the wilds of New York City circa 1940.  Amid the hustle and bustle of life in the big city with big crowds and even bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a happy and quiet, but solitary life.

In spite of the daily challenges he faces for being little, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter, a new friend.

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In the Cross Hairs – SoCozy Children’s Haircare Product Review

Thank you to SoCozy for sending us these children’s haircare products for review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own, based on personal experiences with the product. #SoCozyBTS

It’s no secret that I can’t do hair. I’ve had the same bob-style haircut for over a decade because it is simple to do and I can’t mess it up. When it comes to my daughter’s “do” – it really is a hair-raising experience.

It’s taken a lot of time and a lot of pTHM-SoCozy-Daughters-Hairractice, but I have gotten better with my daughter’s hair. At least I can tame her locks enough that she doesn’t look like she’s got a rat’s nest on top of her head!

I’m also working on stepping up my very limited styling game, especially now that school has started again. All the rage in my daughter’s preschool class is to have braids like Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” and she constantly begs me to do her hair that way. I always try my best, but my braids usually turn out lopsided with lots of wisps of hair that just don’t seem to make it into the braid while I’m plaiting.

But I’m not giving up!

I’ve quickly learned that a key element to styling my daughter’s hair – and for that matter my son’s – is that it all starts in the bath, with their haircare products.

We just started using SoCozy products and I have to say, I’m impressed. SoCozy is a salon level quality of hair care products that don’t contain any “nasties,”– you know harmful chemicals, toxins and parabens. Their products are made using extracts and natural ingredients such as hops, rosemary, arnica flower and aloe. They’re also gluten, wheat and nut free – which is super important to many families with sensitive skin or food allergies.Continue reading ⇒

Kid Lit: Back To School Books #BTS

Whether your children are going to preschool for the first time, entering kindergarten or another elementary school grade, going back to school (BTS) can be both an exciting and daunting experience for children. Reading books about BTS can help ease children’s nerves and reassure them about starting school, going to a brand new school or even entering a new grade.

Here are few of our family favs:

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The Pout Pout Fish Goes To School (Macmillian)

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Tick “Tech” Tock – Vtech Kidzoom® Smartwatch Review & Giveaway

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Are your kids like mine, tech-savvy?

At age seven and just a smidge under five, I believe my son and daughter’s brains were  pre-wired in the womb to figure out today’s technology.

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Shopping In My PJs – A Walmart/P&G Giftcard Giveaway

The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. All opinions though are my very own.

Ah summer. It’s definitely my favorite season of the year. I love to be outdoors, enjoying the warm weather and spending as much time with my family as possible. So why would I want to interrupt my fun in the sun to run errands at the grocery store to pick up household staples when I can have them conveniently delivered right to my doorstep?

Walmart.comWith a just a few quick clicks of my mouse on Walmart.com or taps on my phone with the Walmart Smartphone app, I can get great deals on all my household essentials and have them shipped to me for free, when I spend $50 or more.

You may not know it, but I’m a total neat and clean freak when it comes to my home.  “A place for everything and everything in its place” is my motto.  I hate dishes left in the sink at night, laundry in the hamper and the worst is dirty floors.

So when I logged onto Walmart.com I was looking to stock up on cleaning supplies.  I found loads of Proctor & Gamble (P&G) products at great, low prices.  Suddenly, I was transported to my happy neat & clean place.

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The Wall of Sound – HTC One Harman Kardon Smartphone & Sprint Sound Sessions Review #SprintMusic #SprintMom

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint Sound Sessions. I received a sample of the HTC One to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” As always, all opinions expressed on this site are my very own.  Please be sure to do your own research, as your opinion may differ.

Have you ever heard the saying “music hath charms to soothe a savage beast?”  Not that I am comparing myself to a savage beast, but music certainly plays a role in setting both my temperament and emotions.

When I’m working in my office, I often listen to music played off my smartphone. I mostly listen to 80s music.  Lots of songs from that era feature fast tempos that help me get into a groove when I’m writing.  When I’m in the kitchen, I’ll play hits from the 70s including tunes. The sing-songy nature of that music gets me moving melodically as I make dinner.   If I want to chill, I listen to classic crooners from the 1950s.

However, just as important as the music selection is to setting my mood, so is the sound quality. Quite honestly, the sound quality from most smartphones is pretty horrible — whether it be for music, video or just plain talking on the phone. It always sound tinny and the music is muddy, never quite picking up bass or drum beats.

THM_HTCHarmanKardon_2That was until I got to personally experience the HTC One® Harman Kardon® edition – a Sprint exclusive smartphone with a premium sound experience. I first checked it out at a Sprint Sound Sessions event that was recently held in NYC.

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Bringing a Child’s Artwork to Life With Their Own Custom Made Stuffed Animal – Budsies Review

Did you have a favorite stuffed animal growing up that you carried everywhere with you? What about your kids? Do they have a favorite that they can’t seem to put down?

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Check out these stuffed animals, they’re my kidlet’s newest favs. Not only are these dolls cute, cuddly and colorful, but my kidlets actually designed them.  Yes, these two dolls were created from artwork that my kidlets made and turned into a reality through a wonderfully whimsical company called Budsies.

Budsies brings artwork to life created by children (or adults!), by creating one-of-a-kind stuffed dolls.

The Budsies process to make your own doll is super simple. Your child creates a color drawing using crayons, markers or even paint. It can be of anything your child desires…an animal, a person or even an object. Then you take a picture of it and upload from your computer or smartphone to Budsies website to order. In five weeks or less a custom-made stuffed animal inspired by your child’s drawing arrives at your home.

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